Great to know, but in the end do they make a strong, sustainable and passionate business?
No, they don’t.
I know because I’ve learned from the best-of-the-best. And, have followed advice from some of the worst-of-the-worst!
I’m going to debunk a few of the rules for you right now.
“How many times per week/month should I send something to my email list?” (Rule = Stay on top of mind)
“Should I send my newsletter the same day and time every week?” (Rule = Be consistent)
“Which social media will help me get more business, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Instagram?” (Rule = Depending on what your business is you should work with one or two social media channels and work ‘em to death)
These are questions I get asked all of the time by entrepreneurs, young and old, experienced and novice. And, I’ve answered them all.
And, how I’ve answered them has changed over the years. Technology moves so dang fast it’s impossible to keep up. Although, I’ll give myself some kudos and say I’ve done pretty well.
I will no longer answer those questions. (By the way, if you’re someone who loves helping people out with this basic, foundational knowledge, send me an email or comment below. I’ll be sending you lots o’ referrals.)
the basic tenets for good marketing, sales and engagement might work for hundreds, if not thousands, of other people, but they have not worked for me or served me as well as I would’ve liked. (In general. Of course, there are exceptions.)
For the better part of two years (2011-2013) I emailed you at least four times per month.
Sales have not been through the roof. Open rates were steady at 18-20% and click rates clocked in at a measly 1-3%.
In October of 2013 I changed my whole email format and frequency. One newsletter. Once per month. With one (or two at the most) dedicated emails for special announcements or offers. My reasons had more to do with my energy levels going downhill in the Fall and feeling like it just wasn’t necessary to stay “top of mind” if my newsletter was getting so few sales. (Now Facebook and Twitter on the other hand! Holy wow! Much better conversion than my emails.)
Starting with my emails in October and into my final one in December 2013 … here are a few stats:
Being consistent must have been boring you and me to tears.
I redesigned my newsletter/email template over two months, so I imagine that had something to do with the lift as well.
I’m happy that you’re more engaged because what I’ve found is that NOW I’m more excited to create exceptional content for you. It’s what I do best, from what I can tell. At least it’s the thing that gives me a deep sense of satisfaction.
I’ll be sharing my observations of what works for me in the months ahead and I hope you’ll learn from my triumphs as well as my mistakes. These are all just experiments after all!
Wanna sojourn to new landscapes you never thought you’d go in your business and marketing? Yeah? You’ll want to check out Return to Enchantment: Bringing Pleasure, Rapture and Delight Back into the Boardroom. It’s going to be germinal and groundbreaking.
More on this new 12-week playshop in the coming weeks.
Happy 2014. May you be the exception to all the rules and be limitless!
Oceans of love,
P.S. For my birthday newsletter on January 11th-it’s comin’ up-I’ll be giving something away and I promise to write that missive in the nude.
Nude? Yes, you read that right. I have a theory to test out. If I’m nude as I write my next gem for you I’ll be more authentic and truthful. My goddess archetype for 2014 is Inanna and as you may recall, to go down to the Underworld she had to pass through seven gates and give up a piece of her clothing. She stood before her sister Ereshkigal totally nude.
Naked = Truth = Transparency